Gibraltar Terrain – Got an Email from GEB reader named Will who points out when Google updated the 3D terrain for Google Earth last month with new NASA SRTM data, it included better terrain for Gibraltar. It’s a BIG improvement over the previous data. It’s nice to see such a famous location get more realism. Just enter “Gibraltar” in the “Fly-To” search for Google Earth to fly there. Make sure your “Terrain” layer is turned on. I’ve heard reports of many places – especially along coastlines and islands – with better terrain. I already wrote about Les Saintes in Guadeloupe.
Earth Surfer Code – Earlier this month, Google had a popular booth at MacWorld. A Googler developed some code using the Wii Balance Board which lets you “surf” Google Earth. They promised to open source the software, and here is the announcement of its release.
US Naval Observatory – As mentioned when Google updated the Washington DC imagery for the inauguration, they also included sharper imagery for the US Naval Observatory. See Stefan Geens’ excellent summary of the subject including the censorship angle.
Dutch PaleoGeographic Animation – Google Earth Community (GEC) member ‘kite_surfer’ released an excellent time animation that shows a paleogeographic (study of geography from the past) analysis of the Netherlands from 9000 BC – 800 AD. The data is intended for teachers to use. You can read more about the background and how to use in his post. Here is the KML file. It shows overlays of the different geographic maps. After loading, use the time slider by putting your mouse near the top of the GE window and click the “Play” button by the time slider to see the animation.
Earthpoint – Bill Clarke of EarthPoint has developed a number of useful Google Earth files over the years. He says his grid coordinate tool lets you view UTM coordinates as an overlay. His convert tool lets you convert a position to different coordinate systems (UTM, MGRS, GEOREF, and more). And his ExcelToKML tool lets you make spreadsheets into Google Earth maps. Bill says the grid files have now been incorporated in several of the tools. Great stuff! See a GEB story on his township tool.
Eclipse – I’m late to point out that HeyWhatsThat updated their excellent Google Earth tool which lets you visualize an eclipse in Google Earth. But, you can still load the KML file (6 Mbytes) and view what happened. It uses the time slider to animate the event.
News: Gibraltar Terrain, Earth Surfer Code, Naval Observatory, Dutch Geography Animation, Earthpoint, Eclipse
January 27, 2009
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